If you would like to discuss any of the questions below or would like any further assistance, please do call the CRY office on 01737 363 222
or email firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of the CRY team will be pleased to help.
Does CRY receive government funding?
CRY is entirely dependent on the funds raised by its supporters to enable it to offer the services it does to those affected by young sudden cardiac death.
With the exception of a one-off grant from the Department of Health in 2002 (to help fund our Bereavement Support Programme), we have never received any financial support from the Government. We take great pride in the fact that our fundraisers have raised millions of pounds since CRY started in May 1995, to enable the charity to work towards its vision for the future
If you are interested in how your donations are used to support CRY’s work click here.
Why does CRY not use all of its donations for its charitable objectives?
CRY is very proud of the percentage of its donations that it uses for its charitable objectives. You can read more about the breakdown of CRY’s expenditure by clicking here.
However, the charity does still need to spend some of its income on governance, overheads and fundraising activities to ensure the charity is professionally and efficiently run. Without this funding, CRY would not have been able to grow as it has since 1995 and would not have been able to offer the same level of support and help to those families affected by young sudden cardiac death.
Why does CRY have a large reserve?
A significant proportion of the funds kept by CRY in its reserve are “ringfenced” and therefore have to be used for a specifically nominated project.
The majority of these funds are raised by families who have suffered a tragedy due to young sudden cardiac death and have chosen to fund a screening programme in their community in memory of their child, sibling or partner. In essence families raise the funds and once they have reached a target we support them in taking forward a screening event, usually 12 – 18 months after the funds have been raised. We are going to great lengths to encourage families to use the funds that are ringfenced. Funding their own screening is important to many bereaved families and we do not want to stop this essential aspect of the support we offer families who contact CRY.
The second area that affects this reserve is CRY’s research programme, which is of great importance to the work the charity does. For us to ensure that we recruit the highest quality doctors to these positions we must ensure we keep significant reserves to guarantee CRY can provide the funding for their grants. This is also the case with the CRY Centre for Cardiac Pathology which provides essential support to newly bereaved families following a tragedy.
We are aware that having what appears to be a significant amount of free reserves does disadvantage us when appealing for donations but we feel these areas of CRY’s work are extremely important to ensure that CRY can work towards its vision.
Does CRY pay its staff?
Yes, it does. A charity cannot be run by volunteers alone, but it’s sometimes difficult for the wider public to accept that some of a charity’s funds will go on salaries. Funding expertise is especially important with a charity like CRY where focus is on an area that requires specialised medical knowledge. Most charities will struggle to build to a position where they can efficiently help people in their focus area without paying for the expertise that is needed to ensure that the support is proficient. Volunteers are fantastic and play a crucial role in every charity, but there is a limitation to what they can be expected to be responsible for.
What does CRY do with my details?
CRY records your details on its database for the purposes of ensuring the charity can offer the best support it can. CRY will only send you information regarding the charity in the form of its e-newsletter and Update magazine and will never ask for donations from you.
CRY is very proud of its fundraising principles and would encourage you to read them by visiting here.
Will CRY ask me for more money in the future if I donate?
CRY is proud to be able to say that it does not request monetary donations from its supporters. The charity is fortunate to be able to depend on the fundraising efforts of its supporters to be able to continue its charitable work and feels that it is down to the individual to decide whether they would like to donate to the charity or not. CRY hopes that the work that the charity does is enough to encourage this.
Read more about CRY’s fundraising principles by clicking here.
Can I choose how my fundraising donations are spent?
CRY does not have the facility to enable our supporters to choose which area of CRY’s work they can support for each individual donation. Instead CRY ensures that all those donations are appropriately used and aims to ensure that as much of each donation goes towards its charitable objectives as is possible (you can find out more about this by clicking here).
CRY does however offer the opportunity for families to create a memorial fund/myheart fund so that they have a record of their fundraising efforts. This account can then be ringfenced so that all fundraising received in recognition is attributed to the particular project that has been requested by the fund manager (this can either be to support CRY’s research or to hold local screenings or on a one off specific project/asset).
If you are interested in setting up a fund, then please contact the support team at CRY and they will be able to assist you with this.
Can I use the funds I have raised for CRY to purchase a defibrillator for my local community?
CRY supports the placement of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at public places throughout the UK and many groups and charities are doing excellent work to take this forward. However, we believe it is important for the placement of AEDs to work alongside CRY’s long-standing goal of identifying young people who are at risk before a traumatic incident occurs.
It is important to note that in CRY’s experience, many young sudden cardiac deaths occur in places where defibrillators are not available – e.g. at home and / or during sleep. Furthermore, not all cardiac arrests have shockable rhythms.
CRY’s position is that its primary focus should be on ensuring that young people with cardiac conditions, who may be at risk of sudden death, are identified prior to a cardiac arrest. For more information about CRY’s cardiac screening programme visit www.testmyheart.org.uk.
For more information about AEDs we would suggest contacting The Community Heartbeat Trust – www.communityheartbeat.org.uk.
Can I fundraise for more than one charity?
From time to time, supporters choose to raise money for more than one charity/organisation and CRY is supportive of that decision. If you would like the proceeds of your event to be split between CRY and another charity, organisation or project, please ensure that the following fundraising guidelines are followed.
You will need to advise all organisations that you are supporting that the money will be split between two or more charities, organisations or projects when you register your event. You will also need to request similar quantities of promotional literature from each charity for your event.
You must ensure all of your promotional items and means to advertise your event – including, but not limited to, collection boxes, posters, literature or press releases advertising the event/activity – clearly state the names, logos and charity registration numbers (if appropriate) of the benefiting organisations, as well as details of what proportion will be going to each cause. This is to ensure that people donating to your activity are quite clear about how their donation will be used.
Please note: If the other charity you are supporting has a similar purpose/objective to that of CRY, this can cause confusion among the general public. To avoid such confusion, you could potentially consider holding separate events for each charity rather than a joint one.